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17 Legitimate Ways to Make Money Online

legitimate ways to make money onlineHaving multiple streams of income is important for many different reasons. Peace of mind, creating a healthy budget and setting up your retirement are just some of the reasons to have another source of income. It can be hard trying to generate a second income when you have other responsibilities along with your current job. However, there are legitimate ways to make money online that can really help out with extra needs in your home. 

In this society, there are already so many ways to make money and with technology growing, online jobs are becoming more prominent. You might even be able to quit your current job and make your online gigs your primary sources of income. However, you can only do this if your online jobs can actually generate some viable income. Take a look at some legitimate ways to make money online. 

17 Legitimate Ways to Make Money Online

This post was written by our staff writer, LaTia Longuemire. It contains affiliate links.

Making money online can be fun and exciting if you’re doing something you want to do and making a real profit. Here are some legitimate ways to make money online. 

1. Start Tutoring

Online tutoring can be a great way to make some extra money. You can work full-time or part-time and still have time to spend doing other things that genuinely interest you.

There are a few sites that help you become a successful online tutor including: 

  • Aim4A
  • Revolution Prep
  • Wyzant

The pay can vary based on your experience and what subjects you choose to teach. But, it still is a great way to earn some legitimate money online. 

2. Become a Freelance Writer

One of the most legitimate ways to make money online is by becoming a freelance writer.

You can write for popular blogs and get your name out there. You can even get paid a lot more based on the quality and length of the writings you submit. As a freelance writer, I can tell you that it can be very rewarding. 

3. Start A Blog

Another one of the legitimate ways to make money online is by starting a blog. A blog can bring in thousands of dollars in extra income. However, this method requires a lot of hard work on your part and can be time-consuming. 

If you want to start a blog, make sure you:

  • Do your own research
  • Find your niche

Starting a blog can be a good side gig and can bring in some real money if done correctly. 

Related: 6 Things I Did to Start Earning Money With My Blog

4. Become a Virtual Assistant

Becoming a virtual assistant can earn you a lot of money. An online virtual assisting business can be attainable and can help you showcase your skills. The trick is to just land your first client, if you can do that, you can get the ball rolling.  You can potentially make $300-$1000 a month as a virtual assistant helping other business owners. Even if you know nothing about being a virtual assistant, you’d be surprised at the number of skills you already have to help you in this venture. 

5. Make Some Money By Selling Used Products

Do you have things in your home you no longer use? Well, sell those items to someone who may need them! The more items you have, the more products you have to sell. Selling used products is another one of the legitimate ways to make money online.

You can use sites like: 

  • eBay
  • Etsy
  • LetGo
  • Poshmark
  • OfferUp

You can sell or auction off clothes, handmade crafts, shoes, books, etc. If you have it, there is a chance that there is a site that will let you sell it. 

6. Create An E-Book and Sell It

Once again, writing can make you money! You may think it is hard to write a book, but it may not be as hard as you may think. If you’re passionate about what you want to say, you will be able to complete your book in no time. When it comes to sales, MARKETING IS KEY. Even though it is an E-Book, it’s not going to sell itself. After you’re done writing your book, or even beforehand, you should learn a little something about marketing. It can help you sell more copies, which equals more exposure and more money.

7. Affiliate Marketing to Make Money

Are you looking to make money while you sleep? Well, affiliate marketing may be one of the easiest and most legitimate ways to make money online. You just spend time referring people (customers, followers, friends/family) to products/services that could be useful for them. Your payment is a percentage of the referrals you make. More referrals mean more money. If you’re looking for some passive income to get going, this may be something of interest for you.

Related: Passive Income Ideas: 25+ Great Ideas…and 6 to Steer Clear of…

8. Sell Photos

If you are an aspiring photographer or just have a knack for taking great pictures, this would be where you can shine. Sell your photos to make some extra income.

There are a few sites that will pay good money for your photos including: 

  • Shutterstock
  • iStockphoto
  • Snapped4u

That’s just to name a few but there are so many others. You can also cater to specific categories like food, nature, and travel. 

9. Make Money By Selling Old CD’s and DVD’s

If you still have your old CDs, DVDs, and even games, you could be making money just by getting rid of all of it.

Use sites such as:

  • Decluttr
  • Bonavendi
  • Abundatrade

Some sites will give you free shipping based on pre-valuation prices. Some also have higher payouts than others. Since there are so many sites to choose from, do a little research if you’re looking for the highest payout. 

10. Create and Sell Online Courses Legitimately

If you’re looking for more legitimate ways to make money online, then you can create and sell online courses. Especially if you specialize in certain subjects that you feel people can benefit from.

There are many ways to make money from online courses:

  • Offer payment plans
  • Try coaching in either group or one-on-one sessions
  • Go live so your students can talk to you

Sites like Udemy and Teachable help you get started with setting up your online course business. They can also help with online course pricing. 

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11. Create Videos on YouTube to Make Money

Creating videos can help you bring in some extra income as well.

There are a few different ways to make money from your online videos like:

  • getting paid from the number of views and/or downloads
  • placing ads in your video
  • producing videos for others

You can create a full-time job out of video creation and it is a legitimate way to make money. 

12. Narrate Audiobooks

If you have a great voice and like to read, this is something for you. There aren’t really standard rates but you can be paid by the hour anywhere from $100-$350. You can narrate audiobooks and work from home all while making some pretty good money. 

13. Flip Websites and Domains

Yes, this is a thing and it can make you a lot of money. Sites like Flippa and Afternic can help you buy and sell websites and domains. You can literally build a business off of building business sites and sell them for a profit. It’s another one of the most legitimate ways to make money online. 

14. Sell Your Hidden Skills or Talents

If you have any hidden skills or talents, use them to your advantage. Maybe you have a marketing degree and love social media, create a business off your skills. You have many skills that you can put to use if you just think about what moves you. 

15. Create Reviews For Websites and Apps

You can earn cash from writing reviews online. Sites will pay you to write reviews and test sites.

Some review sites include:

  • ReviewStream
  • User Testing
  • Crowdtap

You can find different sites that will pay you cash just for becoming an influencer, writing reviews, and even doing surveys. For some sites, the pay starts out low but if you join many sites to do this, the money starts to add up. You can even start your own blog based on writing reviews of products or stores. 

16. Invest in Peer to Peer Lending

Peer to peer lending can be a good way to earn money online. Interest rates are typically higher on P2P lending sites (vs. a traditional loan through the bank) which can help you earn more money with this venture. However, there can be a downside: if the borrower has any problem paying back the money, you don’t get paid.

The trick is really just lending money to those you believe will be able to pay back the loan so you get paid. It can be easier said than done but there is still legitimate potential to make money using P2P lending. 

Related: What You Should Know About Peer to Peer Investing

17. Try Real Estate Crowdfunding

I’m not a huge fan of real estate crowdfunding (see Derek’s review here), but people are making money with these investments. It may not be as much as they think they’ll make, but they are making money nonetheless. If you like the idea of investing in real estate, but don’t want to physically manage a property yourself, then real estate crowdfunding might work for you. 

Start Making Money Online

You can make money just about any way nowadays. You don’t have to get quick cash by doing illegal work when there are so many legitimate ways to make money online. Many of these ways have been personally tested by both Derek and myself.  You can in fact find a way to quit your day job by considering some of these options.

Are you ready to jump on one of these legitimate ways to make money online?

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AUTHOR LaTia Longuemire

My name is LaTia Longuemire. I enjoy writing, singing, and cooking in my spare time. My passion is helping others. At this stage in my lifetime, I'm primarily focused on my children. They are everything that keeps my world spinning.


  1. Hey Thanks LaTia! Please keep it coming on this subject?? I’ve enjoyed EVERYTHING from Derek’s emails. Been looking forever for a legitimate WFH passive income , not surveys. I have a great eye for fashion and knowledge of the cosmetics industry and would love to start somewhere with helping women in their 50s and up.

    • Glad you liked the articles Jennifer. I’ve noticed all your likes on FB, and always appreciate them!! I’ll be sure LaTia sees your note here to spark her ideas for another money-making article.

  2. Love the information very useful . it shows that anyone can make money from home. there has never been a better time.

    • Great point! I was just thinking that my blog might really take off this month! No sports to watch on TV, people thinking about their money…why not visit a personal finance blog??!! 🙂

  3. Nice Post!! Must needed.. Currently I am working as an online tutor and earning good. Surely i’ll try other ways/ job as well. Thank you 🙂

    • Great! Glad you liked the post and can apply it!

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